Using little more than tin foil, plaster dust and three paper clips, CBS’ MacGyver opened big on Friday, drawing 10.9 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating (per finals), easily outperforming The Amazing Race‘s year-ago premiere in the time slot (5.8 mil/1.2) and dominating the night in both measures.
All told, MacGyver gave CBS its biggest audience in the Friday lead-off spot in 11 years (Ghost Whisperer) and its best demo number in nearly four (Undercover Boss). Of Premiere Week’s drama launches, it drew the second-largest audience (behind Bull) and third-highest rating. TVLine readers gave the pilot an average grade of “C+.”
Hawaii Five-0 in turn returned to its best numbers since Feb. 20, 2015 and Jan. 22, 2016, respectively — 10.2 mil and a 1.4, up 22 and 40 percent from its year-ago premiere. Blue Bloods (10.6 mil/1.3) returned up from its finale, matching its previous opener.
Friday’s other drama debut, Fox’s The Exorcist, did 2.9 mil and a 1.0 leading out of Hell’s Kitchen (3.4 mil.1.1), marking the least watched, lowest rated series premiere thus far of the Fall TV season. Readers gave the horror-thriller an average grade of “B.”
Over on ABC, Last Man Standing (6 mil/1.1) matched its previous premiere. Dr. Ken (4 mil/0.9) was down sharply from its year-ago launch (6.7 mil/1.5) but on par with its freshman finale. Shark Tank (5 mil/1.1) dropped 20 and 35 percent from its previous premiere, marking its lowest Friday numbers in… a very long time.